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The Teachers' Union of Ireland won't be doing the work of its striking colleagues

The TUI has said it will support its members if they don’t wish to pass the picket but warned that they won’t be paid.

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THE TEACHERS’ UNION of Ireland (TUI) has said none of its members will undertake any work normally done by members of the ASTI who are involved in action.

In a statement this evening, the TUI said it is a matter for the employer to determine whether or not a school should or should not be open to students.

In making this decision, the TUI said it expects the employer to have  regard for the health, safety and welfare of students and staff.

The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) announced last week they were to strike on seven days between 27 October and 7 December.

13/10/2016. ASTI Protests Trade Unions Disputes The ASTI announced their strike dates last week Source: Sam Boal

The TUI, which represents 16,000 teachers and lecturers, has said it will continue to do their normal supervision and substitution duties.

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But they said no alternative timetable or temporary rostering arrangements can be foisted upon them.

Speaking after a meeting of the TUI Executive earlier today, president Joanne Irwin said:

Members of TUI will not be doing the work of ASTI colleagues who are engaged in industrial action.

However, the union warned that if a TUI member does not pass a picket placed by another union, they would be engaged in unofficial action and not be paid for the day in question.

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